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At last, Spring is here. Undoubtedly, the weather will fluctuate over these next two months, but the days are getting longer, the flowers are beginning to bloom, and the buds are forming on the trees! The Cuyahoga SWCD cannot say enough about the benefits of health soil--for the animals that live in the soil and the plants that grown... read more

Spotted salamander

I know we've done blog posts before on salamanders but I just had to share my photos from last night. The conditions were perfect for the migration of salamanders and frogs. It has to be above 40 degrees, raining and after dark. I went to Brecksville reservation (right off Valley Parkway by Deer Lick Cave). They have the road... read more

Planting trees at Cuyahoga Valley National Park

I've always loved being outdoors, even in the womb my mom tells me… It has always been my mission in life to show others the beauty and simple bliss of enjoying the natural world. Four years ago I fell in love with plants, and never looked back. They are beautifully diverse organisms that you can study, admire, and find... read more

Poor example of construction stream crossing

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) has issued a draft renewal of the General Permit Authorization for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Construction Activity Under the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System. This is commonly referred to as the Construction General Permit. The public notice reads in part; "The NPDES Statewide Construction Storm Water General Permit (Permit No. OHC000005) is the... read more

Japanese knotweed is an invasive plant problematic along streams

*This is the seventh post in a continuing series on backyard stream management.* Invasive Plants along Streams Keeping a riparian (streamside) area vegetated with native woody plants is important for a number of reasons, from their ability to control erosion, to filtering pollutants, to providing habitat for wildlife to name a few of the benefits (read this article on why... read more